The Democrats are reeling after suffering a defeat that makes it harder for them to unleash their radical leftist policies on the country in the coming years.
Republicans have managed to flip a total of nine House seats this year with the latest coming on Tuesday after Democrat Rep. Harley Rouda conceded to his Republican challenger Michelle Steel in a tight California race.
“Thanks to the incredible energy brought by our thousands of grassroots volunteers, I was proud to be the first Democrat ever to represent California’s 48th Congressional District. Serving the people here has been the honor of my life, but the truth is, it’s never been about political parties for me,” Rouda wrote in a Tuesday statement.
Steel, who was born in South Korea before immigrating to the U.S., declared victory on Tuesday after Rouda conceded. Steel aims to lower taxes, improve the state’s coronavirus response, secure the country’s borders and give Americans better access to affordable health care, among other goals listed on her website.
“This victory has been hard-fought and hard-won, and I could not be more humbled to have your support nor more honored to serve our community in Congress,” she said in a tweet. “Now, let’s get to work.”
Steel served on the California State Board of Equalization and currently serves as chairwoman on the Orange County Board of Supervisors, on which she helped return more than $400 million to California taxpayers, according to her website.
“In Congress, I will fight to lower taxes and allow Americans to keep more of their hard-earned money, especially during these uncertain times,” her website states. “I will continue the fight to slow the spread of COVID-19, protect Orange County residents, and increase hospital resources. I will also work to fix our broken healthcare system to cover those with pre-existing conditions, lower prescription drug prices, and ensure Americans have access to quality, affordable healthcare.”
Steel’s win is the latest thorn in the side of the Democrats, who had hoped to pull off a blue wave across the country.
Democrats have largely suffered thanks to their attempts to force socialism down the throats of American citizens. Democratic Congress members expressed concern about this late last week, pointing out that ideas such as “defund the police” and the Green New Deal were detrimental to their performance in elections.
One member complained that progressive rallying cries cost moderates their seats and that, “there’s absolutely no accountability from the speaker.”
“We should have won big but you know the defund the police issue, the Green New Deal — those issues killed our members. Having everybody walk the plank on qualified immunity with the cops. That just hurt a lot of members. No one’s taking responsibility for it.”
Rep. Abigail Spanberger was particularly animated and yelled during the call, “We lost races we shouldn’t have lost. Defund the police almost cost me my race because of an attack ad. Don’t say socialism ever again. We need to get back to basics.”
House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn said if “we are going to run on Medicare for All, defund the police, socialized medicine, we’re not going to win.”
But this radical shift to the left doesn’t look like its going anywhere any time soon for the Democratic party after young socialists like AOC and her fellow squad members have become the face of the party, meaning the Democratic party you see today, is here to stay for quite some time.